# Overview

This lesson allows students to perform polynomial differentiation and solve tangent line problems using climate data such as atmospheric

**Grade Level**: High School, undergraduate**Discipline**: Mathematics and Statistics**Topics**: Introductory calculus, differentiation, derivatives of polynomials, tangent line problem**Climate Topic**: Climate and the atmosphere, the greenhouse effect**Location**: Global**Languages**: English

## Learning Outcomes

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

- Calculate the derivatives of polynomials
- Interpret and compare the slope of a curve at different points
- Compare and analyze the rate of change of atmospheric CO2 levels by applying polynomial differentiation
- Predict future atmospheric CO2 levels based on current levels, and discuss the corresponding effect on climate.